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Duane Knapp, 76 - November 28, 2007


Duane M. Knapp, 76, of North Platte, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at his home.
Services were held on Monday, Nov. 26, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Knapp was born to John and Lydia (Freudenburg) Knapp on March 19, 1931, at their farm home near Madison. The family moved to North Platte in 1936.
He was confirmed at the age of 14 at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and also attended eight years of grade school there.
In 1949, he graduated from North Platte High School and studied electrical engineering by correspondence at night while working for his father at Knapp Electric.
Knapp was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952, during the Korean War, and served in Japan at a center for communications, attached to the Signal Corps Battalion. On Jan. 20, 1954, he received his honorable discharge.
He was united in marriage to Virginia Trute on Aug. 8, 1954, at Scottsbluff.
In 1955, he purchased Knapp Electric from his father.
?Knapp loved his family and was a very loving and caring father and husband, according to family members. He enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as a hobby of wood working and working with electrical equipment.
?He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and served on many boards and offices through the years. He was a member of Rotary, S.C.O.R.E. and the Electrical Apparatus Service Association.
?Knapp was preceded in death by: a brother, Norman Knapp; a sister, Aletha Huebner.
?Survivors include: his wife, Virginia of North Platte; daughters—Diane Knapp and Lucille (Mitchell) Goldberg, all of Phoenix, and Brenda (Dr. David) Knapp Polzin of Minneapolis; a son, Steve (Mari Jo) of North Platte; grandchildren—Brian, Christine, Benjamin, Ryan, Myria and David; step-grandchildren—Cathy, Kelsey and Elliott; step-great-grandchildren—Sidney and Austin; two sisters—Charline (Dr. Robert) Hamilton of Godfrey, IL, and Karen (Mark) Boerger of Indianapolis, IN; brother-in-law, Ken Huebner of North Platte; many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Our Redeemer Lutheran School.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.carpentermemorial.com.

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